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The group expects global BPA sales to reach $18.8 billion by 2019, from $13.1 billion in 2012--about a 44 percent jump.

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JL A (281)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:27 am
BPA Sales Are Booming

—By Tom Philpott
| Tue Dec. 3, 2013 3:00 AM GMT

Yes, you can make lots of money selling BPA. Istorija/Flickr

Bisphenol A, a chemical used in can linings and plastic bottles, is pretty nasty stuff. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration banished it from baby bottles (at the behest of the chemical industry itself, after baby bottle producers had already phased it out under consumer pressure). BPA, as it's known, is an endocrine-disrupting chemical, meaning that it likely causes hormonal damage at extremely low levels. The packaging industry uses it to make plastics more flexible and to delay spoilage in canned foods.

You might think that such a substance would lose popularity as evidence of its likely harms piles up and up. Instead, however, the global market for it will boom over the next six years, according to a proprietary, paywall-protected report from the consultancy Transparency Market Research. The group expects global BPA sales to reach $18.8 billion by 2019, from $13.1 billion in 2012—about a 44 percent jump.

TMR researchers declined to be interviewed by me and wouldn't give me access to a full copy of their report. But they did send me a heavily redacted sample. One of the few trends I could glean from it is that the "steady growth" in global BPA consumption is driven by "increasing demand in the Asia-Pacific region." (According to this 2012 paper by Hong Kong researchers, Chinese BPA production and consumption have both "grown rapidly" in recent years, meaning "much more BPA contamination" for the nation's environment and citizens.) As for the United States, the report says that North America is the globe's "third largest regional market for BPA," behind Asia and Europe. North American BPA consumption is growing, but a "at a very slow rate," the report states. As a result, our share of the global BPA is expected to experience a "slight decline" by 2019. Not exactly comforting.

The sample that Transparency Market Research sent me blacked out its analysis of which companies have what share of the global BPA market. This 2012 US Department of Agriculture report claims that just two companies, German chemical giant Bayer and its US rival Dow, "produce the bulk of BPA in the world." Another major producer is Saudi Basic Industries Corp., or SABIC, a company 70 percent owned by the Saudi government. This charming corporate crew looks set to cash in on handsomely on the ongoing BPA boom.

David C (25)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 5:06 am
" The probable fate of our species is extermination by poisoning. "
-- Rosalie Bertel (epidemiologist)
-- -- quoted in "What We Leave Behind", 2009, (a *highly* recommendable book) by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay
The poisoning needs to be stopped AT THE SOURCE. Otherwise it's bye-bye, humankind ...

Nicole W (646)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 6:29 am
sadly noted~

. (0)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 6:30 am
Over time that could certainly reduce population in the developing world couldn't it? 2/3s of the global populace live in China, India, SE Asia and Africa. People in those countries are less likely to be heard or prosecuted if they protest. Many depend on these Franken Corps. for their meager livelihood.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:43 am

Sara Williams (8)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 10:16 am
Gee, I'm so glad governments all over the world care about their citizens' health. Right. Now that BPA companies are aware that people now it's dangerous, they're going to do everything they can to sell it before it's banned.

Fiona O (565)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 11:08 am
Dow Chemical, no surprise. The German corporation Bayer is the most irresponsible chemical manufacturer on the globe.

Whenever I see a BPA related petition, I sign it. I agree with David C that death will come to the inhabitants of earth by poisoning.

Right now, I feel signing petitions is futile for reason I will explain below.

The German chemical manufacturer, Bayer, makes the three nicotine pesticides that are killing honey bees. Only four countries import these chemicals. Of course, the US is one. In the last three petitions to President Obama to stop importing these chemicals, Michelle Obama is the first person to sign. President Obama has done nothing.

I cannot help but be discouraged about signing petitions. It seems to do no good who you know or how well you know someone.

Fiona O (565)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 11:12 am
Thank you, JL, "Mother Jones" is always an objective and reliable source for such crucial information.

Roger G (154)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 11:41 am
noted, thanks

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 1:06 pm
Noted, thanks.

Athena F (131)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:07 pm
Noted, thanks

Athena F (131)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:08 pm
Oh and a note about petitions, some of them do seem to fail despite how much support they have, but SOME do work. I've seen it happen. Don't lose hope. They can't all win, but that doesn't mean you should just give up on ALL of them because some fail.

Barbara K (60)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:47 pm
Thanks for the info, my friend. It is disheartening when we have people putting poison in our food and think there is nothing wrong with making us sick and poisoning us. Class action lawsuits are usually the only thing that makes them change. They are hard to win, without a scientist on your side willing to stick out his neck for the sake of the people being poisoned.

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 5:55 pm
How weird. BPA should be banned.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:16 pm
noted.. : (

Diane K (134)
Friday December 6, 2013, 8:18 pm
Too bad our food is laced with chemicals. I wasn't aware it was so widely used. thank you JL

Katie & Bill D (107)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 8:45 pm
One more thing to think about with our food!
Thank Yu JLA
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